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Overheard

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  1. Rosie
    Member

    "You glow under the bridge" said a bloke in a yellow viz as he passed me on Russell Road this morning. I wear a Proviz 360Reflect in silver, which I think very dashing and far more tasteful than yellow or orange viz.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Rosie
    Member

    & to continue the dashing jacket theme, I was terribly flattered this morning when a beautiful young woman on the towpath asked me where she could buy one! Like me, she eschews the yellow or orange monstrosities.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. Stickman
    Member

    Cycle Republic on Morrison Street had one hanging up in a position that positively glowed when seen from the street at night. Don't know if it was a deliberate placement but it was very effective and made me think about getting one.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Rosie
    Member

    @Stickman - they do glow at night and go a fetching space-age silver when wet.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. qwerty
    Member

    Rosie - we have Proviz jackets too, they're amazing! Not terribly heard wearing but 10/10 for visibility. I bought them last winter after repeatedly seeing people looking like this & being v. impressed! A bit expensive but makes me feel better on those dark, long winter nights.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. Rosie
    Member

    @qwerty - I've found it's resisted monsoon rains so far.
    However I haven't taken it touring as yet for the proper test against the elements.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. I've had a proviz 360 rucksack cover for close to 2 years now. It's really good but I'd worry about a jacket being breathable enough if its the same material. Also, the reflective bit is coming off at the top where I always access my bag.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. Greenroofer
    Member

    Micro-Greenroofer this evening, as we were playing at the bike shed (I was prepping a bike, he was riding his in circles) "Dad, what's a chainwhip?"

    I thought "that's my boy!" and asked where he'd heard about a chainwhip.

    He replied "Oh, it's something I read in my Beast Quest book"

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Cycled up Braid hill to listen to the fireworks with the traditional thirteen second delay.

    Two lights came straight up the north side over the golf course, schoolboys on MTBs, one with a loose crank.

    'There's no difference between cheap bikes and nice bikes' he opined.

    Who would I be to disagree, even if his 'cheap' bike was a nice Trek hardtail retailing at around £700.

    I'll ride up where he did in daylight some time to see if I'm physically capable.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Enthusiastic parent at the ERC junior cyclocross competition in Inch Park.

    'Come on Chloe! Good suffering!'

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. Rosie
    Member

    A few weeks ago at Morrison Crescent. Car with crumpled bonnet had pranged into a bus. One bystander to the other:- "They can't have not seen it, they must have been texting."

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. Frenchy
    Member

    In a restaurant, professor of science sat near me, talking about their recent experiences reviewing grant applications for a very general funding call for ideas to "progress the nation".

    "... there was an application for research looking into how to get more people using cycle lanes. But, you know what was missing?

    [incredulous]Anything, at all, suggesting training for people in how to use cycle lanes![/incredulous]"

    A tongue may have been bitten.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. Greenroofer
    Member

    Just gone into the front room to find Mrs Greenroofer watching a programme on BBC Alba about refugees in Denmark learning to maintain bicycles. So that's a programme in Gaelic about people who speak Syrian talking about their experiences and people who speak Danish talking about their experiences. Luckily there were subtitles in a language I did understand.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    Meanwhile on red button team GB won two golds down in manchester

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

    Someone drove to a gym. Their car had a flat tyre. They drove on anyway, shredding the tyre and probably knackering the rim.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. neddie
    Member

    Their car had a flat tyre. They drove on anyway.

    This seems to be more and more common.

    Maybe they think they have "run-flats"

    Or maybe they have no spare, since manufacturers seem to have deemed them unnecessary.

    Obviously the manufacturers have never seen the amount of nails that trades-people drop out of their vans...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. wee folding bike
    Member

    I'm not sure everyone knows how to change a car wheel anymore.

    It can be hard to spot a rear flat.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. acsimpson
    Member

    Changing it's the easy bit. It's working out that it's gone in the first bit that's tricky:

    In my the cars defence the road was very rough and so the ride quality didn't change much.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. steveo
    Member

    "...everyone else is going slow but he was riding like he was at the velodrome...."

    At least some Roseburn park residents recognise we're not all the same. And for the record "he" was properly trucking on when he passed me a few moments earlier.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  20. HankChief
    Member

    If they had been there earlier they would have overheard me castigating a dog walker for having a wee against a tree (the dog walker, not the dog)...

    It was difficult to find a choice of words that would prevent multiple questions from the kids...

    Posted 12 months ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Overheard at the lights on Craigmillar Park at 18h40;

    Gentleman with broad northern accent looking at his phone; 'Says on here sunset's at six forty.'

    His lady friend; 'So is it dark?'

    IWRATS looks at the sky, observes the sun setting and nods sagely.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  22. Stickman
    Member

    Overheard two colleagues discussing cycle routes. One was bemoaning the lack of a safe route she felt was safe enough to take her child to nursery in his trailer.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  23. Stickman
    Member

    A colleague loudly swearing about the injustice of being given a £60 parking fine for parking in one of the airport hotel car parks. He had parked there in an attempt to avoid paying the airport drop off fee.

    Currently an angry discussion going on, including someone saying that the drop-off fee is so high it stops people driving to the airport.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  24. Ed1
    Member

    The fee does seem a bit of a rip off at the airport, they also charge for taxis and the tram, possible even the bus, it costs more than a normal bus. The bicycle parking is also very limited considering the amount of people traffic through the airport. I think they have such limited bicycle parking to try and get you to pay one of their fees by using an alternative method than cycling.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  25. Stickman
    Member

    At the table beside me at lunch, a group rolling out all the usual cycling tropes (they all jump red lights, cycle on pavements, 5 abreast in the middle of the road). One of the men delighted in saying how he always passed bikes as close as he could, before the group moved on to discussing the hilarious times they’ve seen cyclists fall off their bikes or been hit by cars.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. chdot
    Admin

    Stickman

    Perhaps you need to tell HR that if if happens again you might have to go off sick with PTSD.

    Or let them know they are harbouring people who condone criminal behaviour.

    (I assume it was at work.)

    Posted 2 months ago #

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